I make no claims as an expert birder or photographer, but just someone who has slowly acquired some knowledge and appreciation of both. I was a birder first. A family cottage on Keuka Lake in New York supplied the ideal habitat for a young birder. My mother always had a Golden Book Bird Guide available, and I had access to the family’s Binolux binoculars for excursions into the large field along the lake. The first exciting sighting was a Common Yellowthroat. This was not the common feeder or yard bird but something new and beautiful.

I remember the excitement finding its picture and making the final ID from the guidebook. My appetite was whetted. My birding expanded into young adulthood on family trips to Cape Cod in the 1980’s. I first experienced a guided bird walk and the expertise of gifted birder at the National Seashore. About this time I started a life list, using some early commercial software. Eventually I made time for some birding on any domestic trip or vacation, and soon did the same overseas. I have been an enthusiastic eBird user since its early days, and strongly recommend it as both a teaching and tabulating tool.

I currently live on the Chesapeake Bay on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and vacation yearly in Southwest Florida. These are wonderful locations for birding. Opportunities abound, just out the back door, but also within a short drive. Talbot County, Maryland is also blessed with numerous impressive birders.

I’ve always enjoyed writing and this blog has rekindled that passion.  I’m hoping each posting will be short, concise, and interesting, blending birding and photography with an additional storyline, sometime only marginally related to birding.  I’ll also review some notable books that have inspired me along the way.

My photography interests developed long after the birding habit. A point-and-shoot digital camera helped with some difficult ID’s, but as you know it could not produce the fine photos you see on the various websites. Finally succumbing to the prodding of a fellow birder, and better photographer, I entered the new world of DSLR with its cameras, lenses, software processing, etc. It’s been fun, and I believe has enhanced my birding skills.  My current favorite camera is the Canon 7D II and favorite birding lens is the Canon 100-400mm 1:4.5-5.6 L IS II USM.

Pelagic trip with my wife on Monterey Bay

Pelagic trip with my wife on Monterey Bay,CA

Dinner Ranch, S. Florida

Dinner Ranch, S. Florida


Ding Darling NWR, Sanibel Island, FL

29 thoughts on “About

  1. Would you like to share your birding and photography knowledge in a program at Adkins Arboretum?
    Thanks for your consideration.
    Ginna Tiernan, Adult Program Coordinator @ Adkins Arboretum


    1. On my “About” page I don’t make any claims to be an expert on either birding or photography, so I hesitate to do something more formal than this blog. I do appreciate you’re interest however.


    1. Dear Sir,
      I am attempting to rebuild vandalized signs for a city park, one of which talks about Ospreys. I cannot find the original image for the Osprey and have requested the use of professional photos through the Audubon Society and the Osprey Conservation Assoc. The holidays have everyone too busy to answer but I am on a budget deadline and waiting will impede my progress. You have a lovely photograph of an Osprey on your main page with a white background. Can you email me about the conditions of use and whether you would allow it? with proper credits of course. I can send you an image of what it would look like and it would show your credit and website.
      thank you in advance.


      1. Suzanne, You are welcome to use my Osprey photograph as long as you give me and my blog site credit. Good luck with your laudable plans and thanks for asking first. I’d love to see it when its all done.


  2. You have a very nice blog with interesting pictures. I love photography and traveling. On my blog you can find some pictures taken during my trips, but also pictures taken in my own country. I like all kinds of photography. I am a birdwatcher from the Netherlands. I will follow you from now.

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  3. Hello,

    As a fellow amateur ornithographer I must say your work is quite good.

    I am creating a logo for a non-profit that is engaged in a Loggerhead Shrike study.
    Can I use your Shrike in flight photo as part of it?

    Best regards and keep up the good work!


    1. Sorry I’m late getting back to you, but you may use my Shrike photo if you give me some credit in the caption or elsewhere. It would be great to see the logo when its all done. Good luck.


  4. Stephen, We chatted briefly on Ten Thousand Isles platform on Friday, April 5th. There were a group of us with a guide and we were watching the greater and lesser yellowlegs. I asked you about your day and you told us about your Florida Big Day. I asked about a card and you gave me one. Well, I live in Severna Park – it is indeed a small world! My husband and I belong to the Arundel Camera Club. Do you ever do any speaking? Also, do you ever do any treks around Maryland? I am just really getting started in bird photography and viewing in a big way and would love to know about any meet ups or opportunities you may be aware of that as a novice I am not!
    Cathy Hockel

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    1. Cathy, That’s so cool, small world, like you say. We are lucky to live in a great spot for birding and birders. I would suggest to check out the Maryland Ornithological Society website, http://www.mdbirds.org. I just checked and Anne Arundel County has a very active bird club with guided walks just about every week. That’s the best way to learn birding. You probably already have a great head-start on the photography angle from your Camera Club. I have some basic recommendations for new photographers and birders on several of my prior posts, I believe one is called “Birding 101”. I’ve also posted several about the best birding sites in Maryland. I have not given any talks and am probably not cut out for that, but thanks for asking. This is such a fascinating hobby on many levels–I’ve spent the last few days researching the mirrorless cameras and their use in bird photography. Always something new. Good luck and good birding.


      1. Thanks for the quick response! While we did not see all of the birds in the same day, we did see 80 birds while in Florida. Caught a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the Bonita Springs area on an early morning hike recommend to us! Also, bluebirds feeding their young in a birdhouse right on our friends golf course! I had never seen the black neck stilt and managed to get one in flight at the Bonita Springs location! I will check our the sites you suggested. Also, let me know how the mirrorless camera search goes! I am equally curious – it would be nice to reduce the weight of the gear!

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  5. I ordered the Panasonic G9 yesterday with a couple lenses to check out. Going to Russia next month and trying to lighten my camera bag. I’ll probably write a posting about that trip and the mirrorless system if all works out.


  6. Interesting bio BringhamStephen, it is always a delight to read the history of how we got to where we are, thanks for sharing. I learn much about your birds from your blog and those of your countrymen, and am so delighted you enjoy mine. Thanks again! 🙂

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